Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Whimsical Windows - Ansonia Public

Toby thoughtfully hosts the fun meme Whimsical Windows-Delirious Doors, and here we get to look at unique buildings and chronicle the unique architectural details that make each structure stand out. Today it is a wheelchair vantage view of our hometown Ansonia Public Library.

We live in this small city (18,500) as we look at the library. It was designed by the noted American architect George Keller, known for many monuments, including the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch in Hartford.

It was
opened in 1892. The exterior walls are clad in red Longmeadow freestone from western Massachusetts, with the foundation walls were of granite from local quarries in Ansonia. A stylish beauty, even if its copper roof now an oxidized green.

The woodwork inside is absolutely stunning as the exterior, the woodwork amazing. I use the the first-floor ramp, the friendly and staff will fetch whatever book I am looking for. A fine place for learning as well as architectural study, too. This is a cool meme, thanks for hosting!


toby said...

Wow, Ralph - you're so knowledgeable about the history in your area! And what a lot of interesting architectural history! I really enjoy coming here each week to see what you're presenting - and this magnificent library is a great addition to your collection. Have a great week!

Lesley said...

I really love that clock. Such a beautiful building, I would not have immediately taken it for a library. I am imagining the woodwork inside, now.